In a few days, a funeral is about to begin for Laurie, Laurie’s husband.
He had been in a coma for more than a month and had been hospitalized twice before.
He was found by a passerby outside his home in Wisconsin on Aug. 9 and died a few hours later.
The couple’s four children, ages 11, 13, 16 and 20, have been in the hospital with him for the past few days.
Their children’s father, Robert Smith, had been working with the couple’s children on their funeral plans and was in town for a few weeks to help organize it.
His family told him about the situation at the funeral and asked him to take care of the business.
He said he’d do it but that he’d have to make a decision.
The couple had two children, the oldest is 5 and the other two are 2 and 3.
Smith said he was not sure what the decision would be.
He declined to comment.
Laurie said she is hoping that her husband’s death will help to raise awareness of the many mental health challenges facing the American public.
She said she has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support she has received from people and organizations.
“I think there’s a lot of people out there who are going to be impacted by this,” Laurie said.
A vigil for Laurie will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p. m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1525 13th Street, Washington, D.C. A memorial service will follow at 9 p of that same time.